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Iowa GOP: Biden uses taxpayer funded Iowa trip for partisan stump speech

DES MOINES—Republican Party of Iowa leaders criticized Vice President Joe Biden for using his official office to pay for a partisan, campaign trip to Iowa in the home stretch of the midterm elections. "I'd love nothing more than for Joe Biden to be a 2016 presidential candidate," said Jeff Kaufmann, the chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa and a seventh-generation livestock farmer from Wilton. "If that wish won't come true, then I'd at least wish he would campaign on his own dime and not bill the taxpayers of Iowa and America." "Time and time again, when I served in the Iowa House of Representatives, I saw Republicans stand with the ...

ICYMI: Politics is a team sport—why I always vote straight ticket

FYI: The following post first appeared on hawkeyegop.com, the website of Iowa GOP State Central Committee member David Chung: I hear it every election year from friends and family, “I look at the issues and candidates and always vote for the best person regardless of party.” Sometimes, it is said matter-of-factly, sometimes it is said condescendingly but it is always said sincerely. The implication is that only the naive or uninformed vote straight ticket. Nothing could be further from the truth. In nearly every election, I have had the opportunity to talk to my party’s candidate for every office from county supervisor to president. ...

Iowa GOP chair: Appel refusal to pull terrorist passports a dangerous, ignorant response to ISIS threat

DES MOINES—Republican Party of Iowa chairman Jeff Kaufmann today denounced statements from last week's Iowa Press debate in which Democrat Staci Appel, who is running for Congress in Iowa's Third District, said she would not take away the passports of known American terrorists who admit to joining organizations such as the Islamic State, or ISIS. During the debate, Appel stated: “I would not be urging taking away their passports,” adding, "I think we need to make sure that we work through the system and look through it on a very diligent basis.” “Staci Appel was asked outright if she would confiscate passports from known American ...

Iowa GOP: Young offers solutions, balanced approach in IPTV debate

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa—Republican Party of Iowa ​leaders released the following statement​s​ on Thursday's Iowa Public Television debate between ​Third District congressional candidates David Young​, a former aide to Sen. Chuck Grassley,​ and Staci Appel​, a former liberal state senator and financial consultant​: ​"​Iowans saw a clear difference between ​David ​Young and Staci Appel during tonight’s debate. David’s experience ​advocating for Iowans on a broad range of issues combined with his proven record of solutions, delivered him a resounding victory​," said Iowa GOP chairman Jeff Kaufmann, a seventh-generation ...

Iowa GOP chair contrasts backgrounds of SOS candidates, calls on Anderson to release client list

DES MOINES—After the campaign of Paul Pate, the GOP nominee for Secretary of State, released a web video yesterday highlighting his service to Iowa, Republican Party of Iowa chairman Jeff Kaufmann is highlighting the contrast between Pate and his Democrat opponent. Democrats nominated Brad Anderson, a partisan political operative, as their candidate for Secretary of State. Anderson, a Chicago native, directed the 2012 campaign for President Barack Obama in Iowa. “Iowans have a clear choice for Secretary of State: Paul Pate, a proven public servant and small businessman, or Brad Anderson, a partisan operative,” said Kaufmann, a ...

RPII: Joni Ernst door knocks in Clive for ‘Weekend of Action,’ Chairman Kaufmann appears on ‘Iowa Press’

CLIVE, Iowa—State Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Red Oak, stopped by the Republican Party of Iowa Victory Headquarters in Urbandale Saturday morning to meet volunteers on the first shift of the day for the Iowa GOP's weekend of action. She then went to a Clive neighborhood to door knock with volunteers. Iowa GOP volunteer Peggy Hermann, a grandmother and retired teacher, canvassed with Ernst. Hermann, a Missouri Valley native, has volunteered for GOP campaigns since 1988."I love Iowa. It's the best kept secret in the country as far as people and communities," she said. "That's why I'm so taken with Joni. I'm a small town girl. She's genuine, and ...

Iowa GOP chair calls on Loebsack to denounce shameful Labor Day comments

DES MOINES—During a Labor Day event yesterday in Iowa City, local Federation of Labor president Jesse Case uttered a disparaging, boorish and sexist comment about Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, the GOP nominee in Iowa's Second District. Democrat Rep. Dave Loebsack, her opponent, apparently stood by and said nothing at his hometown event. "Loebsack's opponent and the Koch brothers can kiss our ass," Case said, according to John Deeth, a Democratic blogger. "There is no place in civil political discourse for the hateful rhetoric used by Loebsack's union boss buddy. Congressman Dave Loebsack should immediately denounce it and apologize to Dr. ...

Iowa GOP chair Kaufmann statement on 2nd District IPTV debate

WILTON, Iowa—Republican Party of Iowa chairman Jeff Kaufmann issued the following statement on tonight's IPTV debate between 2nd District GOP nominee Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks and Dave Loebsack. "After watching the first debate in Iowa's Second Congressional District, Iowans saw Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks' competence, deep knowledge on health care and military issues, and specific solutions to reign in Washington, D.C.-dysfunction," said Kaufmann, a seventh-generation ​livestock farmer and community college professor from Wilton. "Southeastern Iowans have clear choice in this election. I'm voting for Dr. Miller-Meeks, an independent ...

Iowa GOP blasts Jack Hatch for killing bill that would have cost him millions

The Republican Party of Iowa held a press conference Tues., Aug. 26 at the Iowa State Capitol to discuss the questionable legislative maneuvering of state Sen. Jack Hatch, D-Des Moines, to benefit his real estate development firm. Iowa GOP chair Jeff Kaufmann and state Sen. Jake Chapman, R-Adel, explain how Hatch killed a bill in subcommittee that could have cost him millions.

Gazette: GOP calls Democrats’ ‘Koch problem’ attack on Ernst ‘just bomb throwing’

CEDAR RAPIDS — Iowa Democrats launched a new salvo in their attack on Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst’s connection to the billionaire Koch brothers. “They’re trying to buy Tom Harkin’s seat,” Iowa Democratic Party Executive Director Troy Price insisted on a Wednesday conference call with reporters... Braley has benefitted, too, from out-of-state billionaire Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate PAC, which has spent $3 million in Iowa, according to Federal Election Commission data. The Democratic Senate Majority PAC has spent more than $500,000 for Braley and about $1.5 million against Ernst, FEC records show. “These are expensive races,...